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The Boy Orator by Tracy Daugherty

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In Tracy Daugherty's third novel, childhood innocence and political ambition meet just prior to the First World War in the person of Harry Shaughnessy, an Oklahoma farmer' son. Gifted with a booming speaking voice and a charismatic presence, the boy learns the socialist credo from his father, who takes him on the road—from laborers' camps to county fairs to Oklahoma City—to spread the people's gospel to farmers, miners, and oil workers. Along the way young Harry encounters other socialist crusaders—Eugene V. Debs, Oscar Ameringer, and the dynamic red-haired feminist Kate O'Hare.


“...the robust descriptions of race relations and early resistance movements are Daugherty's triumph..” —Publishers Weekly


Tracy Daugherty was born and raised in Midland, Texas. He is the author of four novels, four short story collections, a book of personal essays, as well as biographies of Donald Barthelme and Joseph Heller. His stories and essays have appeared in The New YorkerVanity Fair, The Paris Reviewonline, McSweeney’sBoulevardChelseaThe Georgia ReviewTriquarterlyThe Southern Review, and many other journals.